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Are carbohydrates fattening? - The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

Are carbohydrates fattening? - The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D. | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Are carbohydrates really fattening?  This one question has generated much acrimonious debate over the years.  Some believe all that matters is the caloric content of food while others (yours truly,...
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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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The Fall of Man's Logic

The Fall of Man's Logic | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The world will continue to need oil long after the last internal combustion engine has been retired to the automobile collections of the rich.  Many of the products we use today require oil for their production or composition, such as plastics.  The world will not wake up one day and no longer require oil, nor could it.  Simply put, the world economy must slowly transition away from oil – if it can and where it can.

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Leadership and Calm Are Urged in Ebola Outbreak

Leadership and Calm Are Urged in Ebola Outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leadership and help from Western nations are needed to eradicate the virus in West Africa, according to some of the top experts in disease eradication.
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Bacteria offers bowel cancer clue - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Bacteria offers bowel cancer clue - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bacteria in the gut could hold the key to a new way of tackling bowel cancer, research suggests.
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Dumpster dining: Environmentalist raises awareness about food waste

Dumpster dining: Environmentalist raises awareness about food waste | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Rob Greenfield takes the edible food he finds in each city, then displays it in one spot to show how much of it there is. Metro Detroit is his latest stop on a two month campaign.
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Cowichan’s peaceful waters hide a growing threat

Cowichan’s peaceful waters hide a growing threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If there’s no significant rainfall in six weeks, the Cowichan River and those who depend on it will be in deep trouble. Salmon waiting at the Cowichan Bay estuary will have to be captured and . . .
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Asbestos: the killer that still surrounds us

Asbestos: the killer that still surrounds us | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Asbestos is embedded in our homes, schools & shops - and it’s killing more people in Britain than anywhere else
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Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water

Desperately Dry California Tries to Curb Private Drilling for Water | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Farmers have long believed that landowners controlled groundwater, but the state legislature passed new controls that establish a framework for managing water withdrawals through local agencies.
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Strawbale on Shaky Ground

Strawbale on Shaky Ground | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
strawbale does well in seismic areas providing earthquake safety. reports from Napa Valley earthquake area.
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New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety

New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As demand for new pipelines continues to increase and the Keystone XL sits in political limbo we look at pipeline companies and new safety technology
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Dethrone ‘King Dollar’

Dethrone ‘King Dollar’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
America can’t afford to maintain the world’s reserve currency.
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Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes

Home Microbiome Project announces results of study on household microbes | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A person's home is their castle, and they populate it with their own subjects: millions and millions of bacteria.
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WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 (Update)

WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the number of Ebola cases was increasing rapidly and could exceed 20,000 before the virus is brought under control, as the death toll topped 1,500.
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Coal trains kill Cold Trains: Fruit delivery service shuts down as rail congestion heats up

Congestion from coal and oil trains seems to be the key factor forcing closure of a prominent express rail service that carries Washington fruit and produce to East Coast markets.

 

Cold Train on Thursday announced it is shutting down its express service from Quincy, Wash. because restrictions in the BNSF Railway schedule changed delivery guarantees from three days to six days.

 

“BNSF’s business decision to direct its resources away from Cold Train resulted in millions of dollars in operating losses and millions of dollars in capital investment losses, both of which are simply unsustainable,” said a Cold Train release.

 

The release connected the closure directly to coal and oil shipments by BNSF Rail.

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Atlantic City facing unprecedented economic collapse

Atlantic City facing unprecedented economic collapse | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Atlantic City region is on the brink of a short-term economic disaster. Atlantic City made history 36 years ago when it opened the first legal casinos in the United States outside Las Vegas. Now...
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Puget Sound's endangered killer whales continue decline

Puget Sound's endangered killer whales continue decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Number of whales drops to 78, a figure not seen since 1985, with two deaths this year and no new calves since 2012
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Thailand heading for a waste crisis

Thailand heading for a waste crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A blaze at a rubbish dump home to six million tons of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis.
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California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more?

California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tougher environmental laws and spending rules ended the era of big dams. Might it be making a comeback amid the drought?
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Food security faces growing pest advance

Food security faces growing pest advance | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Warmer temperatures and globalisation are helping many pests which attack some of the world's staple foods to extend their range with possibly devastating impacts, scientists say.
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Large ‘dead zone’ signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay

Large ‘dead zone’ signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists are observing large oxygen-depleted zones in East Coast waterways as pollution curbs falter.
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Colorado researchers probe Parkinson's disease causes, treatments

Colorado researchers probe Parkinson's disease causes, treatments | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Evidence is growing that farmers and others who live or work around pesticides are at greater risk for neurogenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease. A new examination of the incidence of Parkinson's disease in Colorado shows a strong correlation between levels of a common pesticide, atrazine, in groundwater and the number of Parkinson's cases here.

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Giving The Displaced Dignity With These Eco Refugee Shelters

Giving The Displaced Dignity With These Eco Refugee Shelters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
With over 40 million people around the world living as refugees and with Israel now having created 40,000 more after their recent attacks on Gaza, there’s more urgency than ever before to create comfortable, dignified temporary housing for displaced persons.





Wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and beyond
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Finitude is the human condition and our days on this earth are numbered, in one chart

Finitude is the human condition and our days on this earth are numbered, in one chart | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tim Urban published this chart at Wait But Why in May. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already. Whenever you look back on the summer that has just ended, you find yourself wondering where the time went, even if a single week of sunshine can seem, in the moment, like an eternity in […]
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Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers

Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A tiny San Diego-based company provided an experimental Ebola treatment for two Americans infected with the deadly virus in Liberia. The biotechnology drug, produced with tobacco plants, appears to be working.

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Three things you didn't know about the arachnids that live on your face

Three things you didn't know about the arachnids that live on your face | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You are not alone. Your body is a collection of microbes, fungi, viruses… and even other animals. In fact, you aren't even the only animal using your face. Right now, in the general vicinity of your nose, there are at least two species of microscopic mites living in your pores. You would expect scientists ...
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Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke.
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